Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag


Looking for a "cool" treat for a

hot summer's day?

This homemade, creamy treat is a summertime delight for kids and adults alike.

Shake, shake, shake...shake, shake, shake...Yummmmm!

That's the sound you'll hear as your children whip up a batch of cool, creamy, yummy

"Ice cream in a Bag."

What you will need

Sugar (1 Tbsp per child)

Milk (1/2 cup per child)

Vanilla (1/4 tsp. per child)

Rock salt (Ice Cream Salt) 6 Tbsp. per child

1 pint-size plastic food storage bag (per child) (I purchase 2 per child and double bag)

1 gallon-size plastic food storage bag (per child)

Spoons (1 per child)

Old towels in case of spills, melting ice or one per child for good measure! 

Ice cubes or bags of ice (I buy bags of ice.) Purchase enough ice to fill 1-gallon bag 1/2 extra for refills if the ice melts too fast...depends on the time of year. The more ice and salt you use the quicker it freezes.)

How to make it

  • Fill the large bag half full of ice

  • Add the rock salt.

  • Seal the bag.

  • Put milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, and seal it.

  • Place the small bag inside the large one, and seal it again carefully.

  • Shake until the mixture is ice cream, which takes about 5 minutes. 

  • Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully. Enjoy!


  • Allow the children to measure and mix their own ice cream...It's something they will remember forever. Adult supervision is needed of course!

  • Create your ice cream outdoors or on a tile floor (in the gym, on the sidewalk, etc)...accidents do happen.

  • I always double bag the milk, vanilla, sugar mixture. Just place one small bag inside the other and THEN place the double bag inside the large bag. Some kids can get a little excited and shake too hard. 

  • 1/2 cup milk will make about 1 scoop of ice cream, so double the recipe if you want more. But don't increase the proportions more than that -- a large amount might be too big for kids to pick-up because the ice itself is heavy.

  • Ice does get cold. If a child's hands get cold; or the get tired of shaking, have them place their bag on the floor and turn over and over and over. An old bath towel to lay the bag on may be a good idea. Children would place their bags on top of the towel to turn it over and over on the towel.

  • If the ice cream does not harden, add more rock salt to the ice bag.

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If you make your own "Ice Cream in a Bag", please share a few of your pics and new ideas with me...I would LOVE to see them! or text to 479-619-9932

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